- File Size: 5818 KB
- Print Length: 377 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0994332548
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: W.R. Gingell (August 10, 2015)
- Publication Date: August 10, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00XHLVMZ6
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #163,262 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This book is a LOT like Howl's moving castle. In both, the girl is keeping a secret, the boy is a powerful/self-interested wizard trying to break her spell, she has to save him, he has magical doorways, she has magic she doesn't understand, he pretends to visit ladies in order to break the curse, she finds a dog person, he never explains enough, she's not as old as she looks, and they have to fight the powerful magician who cursed her. And the feel of the book and world was very Howl's Moving Castle-ish. In both, the magic wasn't explained, just assumed to be roughly instinctual. It was laid out in curse rhymes and threads and layers. In both, I would have liked a final five pages of denouement to wrap things up with a nice bow. I like tidy endings, like a short walk at the end of a sprint. As it is, this book closes when the story is is still mid-sprint.
How to explain what I loved?
Poly wore glasses. She was so perfectly the narrator, but the reader still knew more than she did. She kept forgetting the spindle, but the reader knew it was there. Her plans weren't brilliant, but they were interesting.
Some reviewer wrote that Luck reminded them of Dr Who. Not quite. He's more of a mix of Dr Who and Howl.
Onepiece! So much of what he said didn't make sense until paragraphs or pages later, which is neat trick. Well done, Gingell.
Fairytale retelling? Sort of. More of a fairytale extension. So, it didn't have the clues and familiar feel of, say, Sleeping Beauty, but the story was able to be surprising instead.
(Some retellings are ripe with references to the original tale, like Spelled or Heroes' Guide to Saving Your Kingdom. Others are subtler, like Curse as Dark as Gold or my own Royal Deception. This book, if either, was more like the latter, despite a thorny hedge.)
I seriously had a hard time putting down this book. I kept reading while brushing my teeth and such. So fun.
Quick overview: Poly has been asleep in a castle tower for 300 years. She’s no princess despite what everyone thinks, but that’s okay, because her savior ends up being not a prince, but a rather spacey wizard named Luck. They travel together, along with the stray “puppy” Onepiece, in an effort to completely break the curse surrounding Poly and also to sort out the bureaucratic red tape that comes with being pseudo-royalty waking up in a new era.
I’m happy to say that while Masque had my favorite female character, I realized pretty quickly that Spindle was going to have one of my favorite male characters. Luck is just adorably quirky and fun to root for in his rather sporadic and inconspicuous romantic pursuit in which he uses kisses as a threat and gets himself slapped or kicked a lot. Gingell is a master at creating absolutely lovable characters, and they play off of each other wonderfully.
The feeling of the story itself reminds me of Howl’s Moving Castle with hints of Vivian Vande Velde’s fairytales and Rebecca Lickiss’s Never After, though I think the pacing of this novel is superior to Howl’s in that it has less drag. The voice is great in both its thoroughness and its humor.
There are so many awesome lines in this book:
“It was a punctilious sort of kiss that suggested the kisser had better things to do and would like to get on with it, please.” (Who doesn’t love an author who uses a term like “punctilious kiss”?)
“smiles plumply” “fat voice” (GREAT description)
“Obnoxiously healthy countryside.” (To think that one word can change a good sentence into a great sentence.)
“Don’t throw that at me.” (Sigh, How could you not love a wizard who talks to outlaws like this? I wouldn’t call him a fighter…more of a frustrated parent who may just give you a time out soon.)
“Scones are always relevant.” (Plus his priorities are clearly in the right places)
Despite the fact that the author likes to not explain everything, I like how complete the ideas in Gingell’s stories actually are. For instance, at the beginning of the story Poly mentions that Luck’s voice is out of sync with his mouth, and then the subject is kind of forgotten about. Later, Poly finds out why his voice was out of sync when they first met and I had an “Oh! That’s super interesting” moment. I love when little details are taken care of and when authors care enough to think them through and put them in their books. This may not have made total sense to readers of this review, but you’ll get it when you read the book. It’s a little detail that shows the author’s dedication. She (the author) doesn’t stop to explain everything, which can be a little difficult for those of us who are used to being spoon fed. A lot relies on the reader catching inferences. Her (still the author) magic has rules and works much more as a tool, or even as a part of the characters themselves, and there is very little “it’s magic so I don’t have to explain it” nonsense-there are actually quite a few technical explanations here and there. This takes some getting used to, and I admit that I always flounder for a minute or two as magic and technology is being explained in these books, but thinking through it always ends up being worth it. The stories are just SO good.
I admit that sometimes I wanted more background information (or more time figuring out the antagonist) but like with the magic, far more is implied then actually told and you have to get into the less passive mindset while reading, putting two and two together and whatnot. Also, I will mention I wanted many more cutesy love moments and kissing between the main characters, which I’m afraid reveals way too much about me as a person.
My only problem with the book (which is the same problem I had with Masque) was that I didn’t want it to end. I started reading it and was so enthralled that I finished it in a day. I remember looking down and realizing I was only 26 pages from the end, which filled me with instant sadness. I really hated saying goodbye to these awesome characters. Part of me really hopes there are some sequels in the future featuring the same characters, but I’m trying not to get my hopes up. Read W.R. Gingell’s books; they’re amazing =).
I've also got to write the author, particularly re. one word she favors but unfortunately keeps using as a noun instead of an adjective. She responded well when I offered her my little list of errors for a previous title, so I expect no different this time. (I'm the compulsive sort who highlights goofs as a matter of habit, so it's fairly easy to pass them on.)